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post #1 of 11 Old 07-10-2007, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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My Otocinclus died!!!

So my Otocinclus fish died and I have no idea why.

I tested the water and everything is fine.

So what would make this little guy kick the bucket.

I have a 20 gallon tank with Guppies, swordtails, platys, a snail, Otos, Corys, and an Birchir.
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post #2 of 11 Old 07-10-2007, 01:50 PM
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stress, temperature, lack of food...who knows. I'm sorry to hear about your loss though, how long did you have it for?

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post #3 of 11 Old 07-10-2007, 01:59 PM
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One thing that might have caused it, if this is the case, is if it was a single oto in a tank. I have never been able to keep them alive for long in singles but when i got 4 of them the lived and have been happy for well over a year. This is definately one fish, from my experience, that not only prefers to be in groups but doesn't do well if not kept in a group of at least 3.
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post #4 of 11 Old 07-10-2007, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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temperature is at 83.4 Farenhite, the water is fine, for food the algae tablets, and I had it for a week.

I have a 20 gallon tank with Guppies, swordtails, platys, a snail, Otos, Corys, and an Birchir.
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post #5 of 11 Old 07-10-2007, 02:28 PM
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Temperature seems a little too high. What was your pH?

As previously stated, Otos do best in groups.
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post #6 of 11 Old 07-10-2007, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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PH was between 0-.25 which is ideal or safe.

What should the temperature be at?

I thought anything close to 80F was ok.

I have a 20 gallon tank with Guppies, swordtails, platys, a snail, Otos, Corys, and an Birchir.
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post #7 of 11 Old 07-10-2007, 03:27 PM
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One thing that might have caused it, if this is the case, is if it was a single oto in a tank. I have never been able to keep them alive for long in singles but when i got 4 of them the lived and have been happy for well over a year. This is definately one fish, from my experience, that not only prefers to be in groups but doesn't do well if not kept in a group of at least 3.
that is a great point...otos are schooling fish. Often when schooling fish are kept in singles they are more stressed and will not eat as readily.

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post #8 of 11 Old 07-10-2007, 03:42 PM
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I've lost many of them in transport from store to home on in the first week of ownership. I think the fish is just a weak traveler.
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post #9 of 11 Old 07-15-2007, 04:59 PM
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yeah, they don't travel well. mine died as well. keeping them in groups will reduce the stress- also if they don't get enough to eat, they will die. they are VERY sensetive to water parameters also. good luck. i don't have the heart to try another round with otos yet...still missing my little guy.

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post #10 of 11 Old 07-24-2007, 11:33 AM
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sorry to hear of ur loss, i had 3 otos now im down to 1 and he has been alone for a while, well with a dwarf puffer. the other 2 died i think due to there not being enuff algae. apparently they will rarely eat anythin other than algae
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